Jeremy Lin leaving Hawks for Raptors

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 12, 2019

What does Lin bring to the Raptors? Lin posted Monday on Instagram.

Lin thanked the Hawks in his post, saying they helped him "become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again!" The Raptors would be the eighth National Basketball Association team Lin has played for in his career, which includes stops with the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, and Hawks.

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that guard Fred VanVleet is out with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb.

Lin, 30, will need to clear waivers first, something that should be a foregone conclusion given he's set to make $12.5 million this season. He's an elite competitor.

Toronto will become Lin's eighth National Basketball Association franchise, after stints with Golden State, New York, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn and this season Atlanta.

In Toronto, he is expected to add depth behind Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet as the Raptors pursue the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, now a game behind Milwaukee. Adding Lin doesn't necessarily qualify as an attack of the buyout market, but there haven't been many getting done to this point. On the season, he is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.

- With files from The Associated Press.

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